Favorite Animal Attractions in the Orlando Area

  • 01 of 07

    Animal Kingdom

    Vulture (Accipitridae Trigonoceps occipitalis?) spreading its wings at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
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    Walt Disney World's fourth Orlando Theme Park, Animal Kingdom, displays animals from every continent of the world. As with typical Disney style, the park also features rides, shows, parades and themed restaurants.

    Here two cotton-top tamarins, highly endangered primates in the tropical forests of South America, pose for the camera. These Tamarins can be seen as you wind down the trail to Rafiki's Planet Watch at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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  • 02 of 07

    SeaWorld, Orlando

    A Bottlenose dolphin with its mouth opened out of the water
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    Orlando's premier aquatic theme park, SeaWorld Orlando offers rides to thrill and unbelievable attractions. See ocean life as never before. Watch trained animals perform. Take advantage of Florida Resident Specials and partake in fun annual events.

    Two-month-old killer whale Baby Shamu swims alongside his mother, Katina, at SeaWorld Orlando's Shamu Stadium. The male calf was born Aug. 25, 2002.

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  • 03 of 07

    Central Florida Zoo

    Green-winged Macaw (also known as the Red-and-green Macaw) at Central Florida Zoo, Sanford, USA.
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    A zoo, education center, garden and attraction all rolled into one. At the Central Florida Zoo, you come face to face with intriguing animals from around the globe. Summer Camps and Educational Programs are a great opportunity to learn more about the animals at the zoo.

    The Coqui’ frog is considered a symbol of good luck in Puerto Rico. Celebrate the Coqui’ festival at the Zoo each September.

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  • 04 of 07

    Green Meadows Petting Farm

    A man's hand caressing a small horse
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    For family entertainment, Green Meadows Petting Farm offers a quiet country setting with more than 300 farm animals to touch and see. No fee to park here! A simple farm-like setting from start to finish. Select a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch during the month of October.

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  • 05 of 07

    Gatorland

    Alligator at the Gatorland, South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, Florida.
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    As the area's original theme park attraction, Gatorland has been entertained many with its animal park in Kissimmee since the 1940's. The amazing Jumparoo show where trained alligators entertain and amaze!

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    Discovery Cove

    Feeding a Sun Conure, also known as a Sun Parakeet at Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida, USA.
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    A cross between a water park and an animal attraction, SeaWorld's Discovery Cove invites you to swim with dolphins, rays, and tropical fish. In addition to the star attraction bottlenose dolphins, the park also has an incredible collection of Southern and cow nose rays, 10,000 brilliantly colored tropical fish, fearsome barracuda, and sharks. The park also features a free-flight aviary with more than 25 exotic birds.

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    Blue Springs State Park

    karst spring, in Blue Spring State Park, near Orange City, Florida
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    From November through March, Blue Springs is home to the West Indian Manatee as they leave the cold ocean waters for a warmer winter home in the springs with its constant 72-degree waters.

    For those brave enough to attempt the 72-degree springs on a winter day, snorkelers and scuba divers can capture some unique pictures of the West Indian Manatee.